Law and Policy

Rep. Jim Steineke speaking
Has Qualified Police Immunity Become Absolute Immunity? Task Force Is Divided.

Police defend the controversial doctrine while activists and a former Republican Assembly candidate criticize it.

A police officer draws a gun
Could Wisconsin Be the Next State to Overhaul Qualified Immunity Protection for Police?

Task Force on Racial Disparities begins discussion on the controversial legal doctrine during a Kenosha meeting.

A mural in memory of Breonna Taylor is being painted on a State Street store front. Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes introduced a package of bills in June that would ban no-knock search warrants. Taylor was shot by police after they entered her Louisville home with that type of warrant. (Photo by Lola Abu)
State Rep. Myers Introduces Bill Banning No-Knock Warrants in Wisconsin

The use of a no-knock warrant led to the death of Breonna Taylor last March in Kentucky.

Tanya McLean, left, executive director of Leaders of Kenosha, and Justin Blake, the uncle of Jacob Blake, are continuing to fight for local, state, and federal police reforms a month after the Kenosha district attorney declined to charge the officer who shot Jacob Blake seven times. The Blake family will return to Washington, DC this month to meet with federal lawmakers, and McLean's group is remaining active as a local advocacy organization and watchdog. (Photo by Jonathon Sadowski)
Jacob Blake’s Uncle Sees Biden as a Positive for Police Reform Movement

Justin Blake and Kenosha activist Tanya McLean on why they’re still hopeful for change, even after no charges were filed against the officer who shot Jacob Blake.

Garland Hampton, left, and Dominee Meek spent more than 25 years behind bars serving live prison sentences they received at age 15. They were released on parole, but thanks to a state law change, teens receiving the same sentence just a few years later would not have been eligible for a parole. Meek and Hampton are advocating for other teens to have the same shot at redemption. (Graphic by Morgaine Ford-Workman)
Proposed Bill Would End ‘Unconscionable’ Practice of Giving Kids Life Without Parole

Wisconsin continues to sentence young people to life sentences without the possibility of parole, despite the practice being banned by the US Supreme Court.

A police officer draws a gun
Debate on Cops Drawing Guns, Banning Chokeholds Reveals Serious Divides on Racial Disparities Task Force

The task force’s work continues, even as it appears to be falling behind schedule.